I'm not sure what I think about this...
Lawmakers furious over China-made Olympic uniform
WASHINGTON – Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming.
Republicans and Democrats railed Thursday about the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many U.S. workers desperate for jobs.
"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.
They are also ranting about the beret that's part of the uniform - saying it's something the French would wear... someone said this morning that "Hugo Chavez also wears a beret!"
I get the argument about giving that business to the US - letting US workers get the benefit of that uniform business (the jackets alone cost something like $400 for the women's and $600 for the men's). It's just hard not to think of all this ballyhoo as more political maneuvering.
I mean shyt - some of the US military uniform apparel isn't made in the USA (at least it wasn't when I left active duty in 2010). And the whole Army was wearing berets for 10 years, until they wised up about 18 months or so ago and went back to the regular utility cap.
So, whady'all think? Big deal, or BS?